COUNTY CORK, Ireland (SNR) – Father Francis J. Murphy, a retired priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, died in Ireland Jan. 16. He was 90 years old.
A funeral Mass was celebrated in Ireland Jan. 18. Bishop James Conley celebrated a memorial Mass Jan. 20 in the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln, with priests of the Diocese of Lincoln concelebrating.
A native of Ireland, Father Murphy was ordained a priest in 1951 and served five different communities of the Diocese of Lincoln as an assistant pastor. He was then given consecutive assignments at parishes in Sutton, Benkelman, Stratton, Haigler and Bellwood. While pastor of St. Michael Parish in Fairbury, he was dean of the Fairbury Deanery. He later served at St. Patrick Parish in Lincoln and St. Mary in Ashland before retiring in 1998 and returning home to County Cork.